Dr Geoff Bongers (Executive Consultant of Gamma Energy Technology, and UQ Adjunct Professor)

Professor Andrew Garnett (Director, UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas, and Director of the UQ CCS Program) - Challenges of the Energy Transition, Dearbonising the NEM
Dr Geoff Bongers - A Net Zero Emissions Electricity Grid - A total systems cost approach

The current energy debate, both locally in Australia and globally, is how to reduce CO2 emissions while providing reliable and cost effective electricity. While the existing Australian National Energy Market (NEM) has delivered reliable and secure energy for decades, it needs to change to meet the current challenges. The majority of electricity on the NEM is generated by coal-fired power plants with large CO2 emission profiles. This technology has also delivered the backbone of the grid, providing the services required for grid stability and strength, such as inertia, frequency control and fault current support. However, with increasing penetration of variable renewable generation, it is becoming important to plan for and manage generation asset investment to track the least cost and highest reliability path to a low emissions future.
The MEGS modelling work shows very good correlations to existing data and provides a sound basis for modelling future scenarios, technology opportunities and potential pathways for lowest cost options, all within the constraints of meeting the reliability standards and ensuring the lights don’t go out.
So, what does a net zero emissions electricity grid look like when you consider a lowest total systems cost approach … come along to see what is achievable.

An audio recording of the presentation is available here (audio commences at 6 minutes)

Geoff is an experienced manager, technical energy specialist, board member, workshop facilitator, executive consultant, and UQ Adjunct Professor, teaching Low Emission Technologies and Supply Systems for the Masters in Sustainable Energy. He has a demonstrated ability to manage teams and projects, facilitate cultural change, lead innovation, develop and execute training and communications strategies and collaborate with a range of Australian and international organisations. He is recognised by the energy community for his proficiency and understanding of power generation systems and technologies, with an in-depth understanding of the techno-economic issues. Geoff’s professional career has spanned work as a consulting scientist, materials engineer, maintenance superintendent, commercial specialist, principal advisor in energy technology at Rio Tinto. He now runs his own small consulting business.


About UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series

Welcome to the 2020 UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series! We again look forward to providing you with an opportunity to continue your participation at informative and topical seminars that will open and promote discussion amongst us all.

In offering the Energy Express Seminars, we aim to bring multidisciplinary research capability together on some of the significant energy challenges facing today’s world and connect that capability with industry and government partners. The series is designed to provide a regular forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. They are open events, and bring together industry, government, and the broader UQ community including academics, researchers, students and alumni.

All seminars will start at 6.00pm, with light refreshments to follow. Guest speakers will be announced in due course.

This year again, we especially welcome our Master of Sustainable Energy students - the timing of our seminars is scheduled to coincide, where possible, with the eight core teaching blocks that they will undertake throughout the year.

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Details of the first of our 2020 Energy Express seminars will be published soon.